As a part of the state government’s initiative to develop the health infrastructure of the State, Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday handed over 10 Basic Life Support ambulances to 6 Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) of the State.

The distribution programme was held at the Western Gate of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.

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Tribal Affairs and Hills Minister Vungzagin Valte, Chairman, MANIREDA Ginsuanhau, Deputy Chairman, Manipur State Planning Board L Rameshwor, Additional Chief Secretary Letkhogin Haokip and other Government Officials also attended the programme.

Two ambulances each were provided to the ADCs for 4 districts namely Churachandpur, Chandel, Kangpokpi and Ukhrul while one ambulance each to the ADCs of Tamenglong and Senapati District. The ambulances were received by the concerned Chief Executive Officers of the respective ADCs.

It may be mentioned that the ambulances were procured with funding from the Department of Tribal Affairs & Hills, Manipur. The Department had earlier placed an order for 18 ambulances consisting of 12 Basic Life Support (BLS) and 6 Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances. Of the 18 ambulances ordered, 10 BLS ambulances were distributed today as 1st phase while another 2 BLS ambulances, one each for Tamenglong and Senapati ADCs and 6 ALS ambulances, one each for all the six ADCs are expected to arrive by 25th of June as 2nd phase.

The ambulances were distributed to strengthen the infrastructure of the health sector at district level as well as block level under the initiative of the ADCs. The ambulances will be jointly utilized and maintained by ADCs and concerned District Hospitals.

Meanwhile, Dr RA Ranshing, Under Secretary, Tribal Affairs and Hill, Government of Manipur spoke to Northeast Live about the government’s initiative.